21 episodes

How do I upscale my side hustle hobby or grow my handmade business? Build my following? Price my pieces? Find my niche? Create a killer brand? Improve my Etsy shop? Make a profit?

These are some of the big questions on the minds of many makers out there and here on the Profitable Maker Podcast, it's Krystle Linton’s goal to not only explore these common hurdles but to help you take important actionable steps to grow your handmade business like the boss you are.

As one of the macrame industries leading ladies (as Home Vibes Macrame), Krystle draws from her own experiences as well as interviewing other inspiring and successful makers to talk about all things handmade business; from marketing and branding advice to tackling self-doubt and fear.

With well over 5000 Etsy sales, features on Etsy Success and in major publications including frankie, Koel and Vogue magazines, Krystle knows a thing or two about selling handmade and she wants to share them with you!

You’re in the right place if you’re looking for the extra confidence, inspiration, strategies and oomph to help drive your handmade venture forward!

Have a question or topic you’d like to hear covered? Let Krystle know over on Insta (@homevibes_macrame), at www.homevibes.com.au or join The Profitable Maker Podcast Facebook Group!

The Profitable Maker Podcast Krystle Linton

    • Visual Arts
    • 5.0, 25 Ratings

How do I upscale my side hustle hobby or grow my handmade business? Build my following? Price my pieces? Find my niche? Create a killer brand? Improve my Etsy shop? Make a profit?

These are some of the big questions on the minds of many makers out there and here on the Profitable Maker Podcast, it's Krystle Linton’s goal to not only explore these common hurdles but to help you take important actionable steps to grow your handmade business like the boss you are.

As one of the macrame industries leading ladies (as Home Vibes Macrame), Krystle draws from her own experiences as well as interviewing other inspiring and successful makers to talk about all things handmade business; from marketing and branding advice to tackling self-doubt and fear.

With well over 5000 Etsy sales, features on Etsy Success and in major publications including frankie, Koel and Vogue magazines, Krystle knows a thing or two about selling handmade and she wants to share them with you!

You’re in the right place if you’re looking for the extra confidence, inspiration, strategies and oomph to help drive your handmade venture forward!

Have a question or topic you’d like to hear covered? Let Krystle know over on Insta (@homevibes_macrame), at www.homevibes.com.au or join The Profitable Maker Podcast Facebook Group!

    All Good Things Must Come To An End

    All Good Things Must Come To An End

    No, I'm not talking about your business 😂 - THAT, I hope is alive and thriving! 
    I'm talking about the Profitable Maker Podcast... if this is somewhat of a shock to you, let me explain myself.
     
    I absolutely LOVE handmade business. I love the fact that we can do something we're passionate about and get financially supported in the process. I love helping you evolve in your business and seeing your success. I love the community of people helping one another. 
    There's this trend that's in full force through the online community that one size fits all when it comes to business strategy and I know 100%, that this isn't the case. There is no single system or online course that can guarantee your success - but they all seem to be marketed this way. 
    This, my dear makers is why I'm stepping away. I have given you tips, and tricks to make the process easier, but I'd be lying to you if I gave you a blueprint and told you that if you follow it, you'll be a success in three months from now because that's just not real. And I'm all about being real and honest with you. 
    It's been a tough few weeks for me, grappling with this and trying to figure out whether there was another way that I could do this, and create more conversation amongst us - but something else has been tapping on my shoulder, and I've gotta explore it!!! 
    Tears aside, it's been one amazing journey for me and I hope for you too. 
    The Facebook group will be archived and you'll be able to access it whenever you need to draw on information that's been previously discussed, and same with the Instagram profile. 
    I'm also keeping my one-on-one consulting open, because it's what I love to do, and I know that you can benefit so much more from personal guidance if you choose to do so - My business and lifestyle coach (yes I have one), has been amazing to bounce ideas off and ask the right questions me when I'm feeling too overwhelmed. I fired my husband from this position because he just didn't get it! 
    I wish you all the very best of success, thank you for all of you who have reached out, and helped this podcast evolve. 
    If you're interested in my next podcast, which is all about gaining a higher perspective, internal growth and all those good things, then keep your eyes peeled. 
    But for now...adios! 
    Krystle x

    • 13 min
    Get Pinning!

    Get Pinning!

    It's visually appealing, it's easy and it's got an incredibly long lifespan. I am a huge fan of Pinterest - especially if you're in the handmade market.
    I began the Pinterest journey a little while ago and went through some trial and error phases to see if it was worth adding another social media platform to my already way too long to-do list! 
    The outcome? - It was worth it. 
    It's an online catalogue that takes you straight to the source - completely free to use and honestly a whole lot more simple than you may think.
    So today we're gonna chat about how you can utilize Pinterest to gain traffic and benefit your biz! 
     
    01.21: Here’s why you should be using Pinterest as a marketing tool like…yesterday!
    05.06: Long live your Pin! But seriously…the lifespan on your pin is by far the longest of all social media (correct me if I’m wrong). And this, my friends, is a HUGE advantage to your business. 
    07.17: Personal vs. Business account - which one should you go with?
    09.14: How to gauge the traffic your pins are getting through your Etsy store.
    11.40: I was relatively new to Pinterest, and have spent the past couple of months playing around with different strategies to see if it was beneficial to my time - Here’s what I took away from my experiment…
    12.30: The foundation: Creating a board around your product and why you should be adding other products too. 
    16.30: How to share a pin from Instagram.
    17.24: How to create a pin from any website.
    17.46: Installing the Pinterest button (the most efficient way). 
    19.22: How to increase your traffic by creating graphics that are Pinterest specific - I love Canva!
    22.41: Consistency is key! How many times should you be pinning?
     
    If you're feeling overwhelmed by all the info, you can always set up your account, and come back to this podcast a little later. Take it step-by-step and it really could be a powerful tool for your handmade biz. 
    Happy Pinning! 
    Krystle x
     
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    • 29 min
    Packing and Posting Fundamentals for your Handmade Business

    Packing and Posting Fundamentals for your Handmade Business

    If you're just starting out and you're wanting to find out how to send safe, effective and low-cost packaging - this one is for you.
    When I started my business, I got all my packaging from my husband's store! Yup - I would recycle those box's, cut them to size, tape them up myself and you know what? My customers loved it! - Was is time efficient, mmmm not really. 
    It wasn't fancy, it wasn't over the top in the slightest, but the orders kept rolling in so I was doing something right!
    If you're looking into creating a premium brand, then perhaps that wouldn't be the method that you use.
    So today we're unpacking (excuse the pun) methods that will help guide you on your brands packing and posting needs.  
     
    1.00: Your packaging will depend on what you’re making. Here are some ideas!
    02.22: Let’s talk numbers! Bulk buying vs handmade packaging and how I started my business by recycling.
    06.12: What’s your space occupier? Here are your options…
    08.12: Business cards, stickers, wrapping - it’s easy to get overwhelmed. Put down that stress cap! The beauty’s in the extra love.
    12.09: Got a packing station? Let’s get efficient. 
    13.18: Packaging = time and money. Don’t chuck it away with your shipping rates!!!
    16.39: Overcoming the big, “Overseas Shipping” hurdle.
    19.12: “Okay Krystle, so what about a national vs specific courier?” Well...I compare these to home loans.
    23.12: The big debate! To ship free or not to ship free? - It’s just a gimmick that may be to your advantage. 
     
    I hope it’s been helpful for everyone new to selling. It’s been SO good to watch you take the leap in starting your own business and I hope this episode has made it that - little bit - easier.
    And if you haven't already don't forget to download my FREEBIES!
     
    Krystle x
     
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    • 28 min
    Guilt and Resistance

    Guilt and Resistance

    This one goes out to all the mums and anyone else out there feeling guilty about doing the things they want to do or building the things they want to build.
     
    This has been a HUGE hurdle for me to overcome in the past few years.
    I have always been maternal - even as a kid I'd envision myself as a mum, and this followed through into my twenties until finally, I actually became one. 
    But I had created this 'ideal Krystle' mum who would be the very BEST mother and be so completely fulfilled with motherhood, that she wouldn't need anything else in my life to keep her contented. 
    Ermmm.... you can imagine how this goes down right? 
    Just because I became a mother, the Krystle who had been me for my whole life didn't vanish...
    I began subconsciously feeling guilty about wanting things that weren't directly involved in nurturing my child. What I had perceived to be this awful truth, this selfish 'truth' about myself, I projected onto the people around me. All of a sudden I felt judged by my own mum and husband because I wasn't living up to this 'ideal Krystle' mum that I was meant to be (but it was all in my head!).
    If you've ever felt guilt surrounding your ambitions - then listen up, because I've got some first-hand experience with these nasty thoughts that are helping NOBODY! 
     
    01.25: Whether you feel like you can't work on something as a direct cost to a relationship or you feel as though theirs a limited capacity to doing both - there's a way out. 
    04.12: Holding yourself accountable to a perceived reality you made up years before? You're not the only one. 
    08.08: Chipping away at the layers of your own expectations and the what 'advice' others bring to the table...
    12.07: Are you self sabotaging? 
    14.05: Is it actually an opinion or is it your perceived opinion - and how to distinguish the truth from an illusion. 
    17.13: Give yourself time, grace and space to think about this as my challenge to you! 
    20.03: Your yearning or want won't just go away...so let's find a way to include it in your life. 
    24.37: Do you feel like you're being supported? And if not...then as difficult as it is to come to terms with; maybe it's you!
    31.30: Are you quick to jump on the defence? Me too! My poor mother-in-law...
     
    So my last question to you is, how much do you respect your own internal decisions and trust that you're making the correct path for yourself? If that is minimal then you’re gonna be pulled left and right like a rag doll because there will always be someone out there that thinks differently.
    Sit with it and make peace with it, and realise you’re on your own path to figure out what’s best for you.
    I love hearing from you! So let me know how this episode resonated with you!
     Krystle x
     
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    • 38 min
    Feeling Frustrated With Your Progress?

    Feeling Frustrated With Your Progress?

    Ok, so you've got some wild dreams and aspirations, but it feels like they are taking their sweet ass time, right?
    I get it, the frustration is REAL! 
    Waaaaa, why can't I have it all now already?! 😩 (that's me wingeing, not you... or maybe you can relate?)
    I hear you. You want evidence that you are going to get to your dream, but what happens to now? What happens when you've got an add-on to that dream? Most people that reach their goals don't even realize they've reached them because they're onto the next best thing. 
    The space within that you’re working from will dictate your future. There’s always going to be something more. So if you can’t reframe it now…then when will you?
    This weeks episode is an extension of the last week's episode - Comparison Mode - we're digging a little deeper into this negative space we're unintentionally putting ourselves in.
     
     
    02.18: You’re seeing the potential in a handmade business (happy dance)! I want you to build and grow and much as you do, but hold those reigns - Don’t lose out on the magic which is the process.
     03.12: Tired of hearing the word hustle? Me too! Prioritizing your mental health before your biz…
     05.08: You may have the law of attraction upside down! 
     08.07: You, yourself are 100% perfect right now. Bask in it. Embrace it.
     10.04: There will always be mountains to move. So if you’re not happy until the outcome, then does that mean you’ll delay happiness until you die? The power is in realizing that you’ve got a chose right now!
     12.23: “Agh, I’m not even close to my goals / When will I be happy? / When is the money gonna start rolling in?” 
    Yes, I know that internal dialogue, but man it’s time to shift those gears because you’re not doing yourself any favours.
    15.13: There are only 3 possible answers to your questions: 
    a) Yes.
    b) Not Yet.  
    c) I've got something bigger in store for you. 
    18.28: Stop trying to figure out the rules of the game! That's no fun...
    21.17: Summarizing these words of wisdom! This is some powerful s*!t
     
    We can want things that we don’t have now, that's totally okay, it's how we grow BUT we don’t need them right now to be happy and whole.
    If we’re feeling forward with any negative heavy feelings or trying to force it, it’s because we’re moving away from being happy now and being present.
    Be who you are in the moment, and if you can master that, there’s going to be less  room for heaviness and need and more room for alllll the good stuff 🙌🏽
    Krystle x
     
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    • 25 min
    Is Comparison Mode Dragging You Down?

    Is Comparison Mode Dragging You Down?

    Here is why and how to overcome it!

    • 36 min

Customer Reviews

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25 Ratings

25 Ratings

Nicole K😊 ,

Would rate 10 stars if I could

Love love love this podcast! So glad Krystle put the time and effort into sharing this as it’s really given me the confidence to start my Etsy shop and there are so many nuggets of wisdom that are invaluable.

Sarah @totallyau ,

Thank you 💃💆‍♀️🎉

Krystle, I had a 5hr return work road trip to do today, so I did a quick search in my podcast app as I buckled up, and something drew me to click on your icon. I was particular interested in online methods of selling so I went straight to that Ep - and within 5 minutes I was nodding, and then 10 minutes later I was yelling “Yes, yes, yes!”. You just get it. I’m still in my start-up phase (I design and create handmade totes and purses) and so far it’s been an ad hoc hodge podge of my socials, a bit of collaboration (which I naturally jumped at) and recently after a few quick sales on Etsy slowed, I started throwing money on OTHER online platforms. All the while feeling well, a little deflated and disappointed. Anyway.... enter Krystle!!! I’m now home and completed refocused and motivated to create a new (slightly more thought through) plan to growing my business. Thanks so much Krystle!!!! Sarah xo

Nicky Dalton ,

Sooo good!

I love listening to Krystle’s podcasts. I have taken something away from each episode, and love that I can go back and hear it again when I feel I need to. Each episode helpful, inspiring and relatable in many different ways! Thank you Krystle 😊

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